Is conservative management for gastric perforation secondary to Intragastric balloon possible? Case report and review of literature

Mohamed Bekheit* (Corresponding Author), Wael Nabil Abdelsalam, Bruno Sgromo, Jean Marc Catheline, Khaled Katri

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Intragastric balloon (IGB) is one of the available options for the management of morbid obesity. The procedure is generally safe and of moderate efficacy in most of the cases. One of the reported complications of IGB is gastric perforation. The management of this complication is classically surgical. To our knowledge, conservative management for gastric perforation secondary to IGB has not been reported. A 27-year-old female patient presented with sudden abdominal pain in the left upper quadrant, 2 months after having an IGB placed. The provisional diagnosis was gastric perforation. Balloon extraction was performed and a conservative management of the gastric perforation was pursued successfully. We therefore propose that this sort of management might be adopted in carefully selected cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)968-970
Number of pages3
JournalObesity Surgery
Issue number6
Early online date16 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2014



  • Complication
  • Conservative management
  • Gastric perforation
  • IGB
  • Morbid obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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